An intern at the Commonwealth Foundation made a chart of all the Pennsylvania agencies, task forces, etc. He came up with 343 of them (many of which nobody really knew existed), and 2 more have been added by the new Governor. The chart is 7 feet long!
If this is what just one state looks like, can we imagine what a Federal chart would look like?
Makes a case for "streamlining" govt at the very least. How can you keep track of what $ is being spent if you don't even know what agency is getting it, or how many other agencies may be duplicating the same efforts. And it's much too easy to create a new entity to do something that is already within the parameters of one that already exists. But if nobody is aware that the earlier entity exists ... they create a duplicate.